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Reading Specialist

Master of Education for Practicing Teachers

Support Students on Their Journey to Literacy

Designed for licensed teachers and for professionals seeking additional credentials, the M.Ed. in Reading program enhances the teaching of literacy for aspiring reading interventionists and literacy coaches. Areas of emphasis include multisensory instruction, literacy-specific learning disabilities such as dyslexia and dysgraphia, instructional interventions, and using data to inform and individualize learning. All course content is aligned with the body of evidence-backed research known as the science of reading.

Created by practicing educators, the M.Ed. in Reading is the only fully online reading specialist program in Colorado. We're proud to offer two program options. The M.Ed. Reading with Reading Specialist Endorsement is for licensed teachers in Colorado who are interested in addressing the needs of students with dyslexia, dysgraphia and other learning challenges. This program culminates in a universitysupervised practicum focusing on students who have documented or suspected reading disabilities.

The M.Ed. Reading (degree-only pathway) is for licensed teachers interested in increasing literacy knowledge and expertise, and for those seeking literacyfocused teaching positions. This program culminates in an online capstone course, which is taken online during the summer.

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Program Snapshot

Program Format
Fully online
8-week terms

Time Commitment
18-22 months

Key Dates
Starts are offered in January, March, May, July, August and October

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Jenny Nordman

"Commitment to real-world application is evident starting in the very first course"

Name: Jenny Nordman, Ph.D.

Title: Associate Professor of Reading and Literacy

Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO

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By the Numbers

10%
Tuition discount offered for teachers and paraprofessionals
45.8%
Colorado students who meet or exceed literacy standards for their grade*
100%
Recent graduates who gave Excellent or Good rating to program’s relevance to their careers

*Chalkbeat, co.chalkbeat.org/2019/8/15/21108633/most-colorado-students-not-proficient-in-reading-and-math-but-there-s-some-good-news

Program Options

M.Ed. Reading (Degree Only)

For licensed teachers interested in increasing literacy knowledge and expertise, and for those seeking literacy-focused teaching positions. This program culminates in an online capstone course, which is taken online during the summer. This program is designed to be a fast-paced online program for current educators.
Eligibility: Residents of any state are eligible for this program.

M.Ed. Reading with Reading Specialist Endorsement

For licensed teachers in Colorado who are interested in addressing the needs of students with dyslexia, dysgraphia and other learning challenges. This program culminates in a university-supervised practicum focusing on students who have documented or suspected reading disabilities. The practicum can be completed in your own classroom and is a great option for those who are interested in literacy intervention, instructional coaching and district literacy leadership roles.
Eligibility: Colorado residents only.

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EDRG 606: Reading Assessment and Intervention

Utilize literacy assessment and diagnostic tools to develop remediation strategies and create clinic reports based on assessment experiences.

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EDRG 608: Evidence-Based Reading Techniques for Dyslexia

Examine evidence-based, advanced techniques in reading instruction in the context of state policies, specific disabilities and reading program evaluation.

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EDRG 604: Literacy for the Diverse Learner

Explore current research and strategies for teaching diverse learners who are multi-lingual, multi-cultural, come from a disadvantaged environment or have special needs.

To apply to the M.Ed. in Reading program, you will need:

  • Completed online application
  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Official degree-bearing transcript(s) from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Resume
  • Current teaching license
  • Interview

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Tuition for the 2023-2024 academic year: $589 per credit hour
Total program credits: 30
10% tuition discount is available for teachers or those with contracted positions within a school. Federal TEACH Grant opportunities are also available.

Tuition is one part of the overall cost of attendance, which includes all expenses students may have, including basic living costs. For more information about tuition, fees and your estimated cost of attendance, visit our Cost of Attendance for Adult Undergraduates and Graduate Students page. Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Earning your M.Ed. in Reading from Regis sets you apart and expands your professional network — think of it as an investment in your future. Between scholarship opportunities and financial aid packages, advancing your education is within reach. Explore our Investing in Your Future graduate financing guide or visit our Office of Financial Aid on the web.

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The Master of Education in Reading is offered by the Division of Education within Regis College.